VFW Post 1 is the first and oldest VFW Post in existence. It was founded in 1899 by members of the First Colorado Volunteers returning from the Philippines during the Spanish American War and commanded by General Irving Hale.
The first meeting took place in the Colorado State Capitol on Dec. 1, 1899 and the organization has been meeting every month since. The Post is named for Captain John S. Stewart (Company A, Colorado) who was killed on March 25th, 1899 in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.
Initially, the organization was known as the National Society of the Army of the Philippines. On September 17th, 1914 at a conference at the Schenley Hotel in Pittsburgh, the VFW was formed with the merger of several Spanish-American War veteran groups.
VFW Honors Irving Hale Before his Death
Before Irving Hale’s death on July 26th, 1930, he was honored at the 29th Founder’s Dinner.
Veteran’s Day 1933 | Post 1 Continues to Thrive
3 years after our founders death, the VFW and VFW Post 1 still grows.
1957 | Ray Starkey Becomes Post 1 Chaplain
Ray is our longest serving member and our current chaplain.
Ray joined Post 1 in 1951, serving in all levels for the Post; Junior and Senior Vice Commander, Commander (’79-’80) and Chaplain from ’57-’58 and ’88 to present. Ray knew a couple of the founders of the VFW. In 1957, one of the founders, William Watson, swore Ray in as the Post Chaplain.
Every year since 1899, a dinner is held commemorating our founding, our history, and all veterans of foreign wars.